Is your child experiencing developmental delays and your doctor can’t tell you why?

Whether it’s no intellectual progression, speech problems, slow movement, hand wringing, or something else – a genetic factor may be an underlying cause.

Find out if your child’s symptoms may be linked to a genetic disorder by taking our assessment below and start taking control of your loved one’s medical journey.


Key characteristics and other common symptoms of delays

Some children develop normally for months or years and then falter, with their development slowing down, stopping, or sometimes even going backwards. Key characteristics can include: 

  • Not crawling, rolling over, or walking when they are supposed to
  • Not babbling or learning new words to talk
  • Does not actively reach for objects
  • Getting frustrated or aggressive due to inability to progress
  • May not make eye contact or respond to their name
  • May also have seizures and speech delay
  • Global developmental delay (significant delay in two or more developmental domains: gross and fine motor, speech and language, cognition, personal and social development, or activities of daily living)

Causes and diseases

Potential causes and diseases associated with delays

Several factors can contribute to delays:

  • Hearing loss
  • Impaired vision
  • Lead poisoning
  • Autism
  • Malnutrition
  • Alcohol or drug use during pregnancy
  • Physical abuse or neglect
  • Dysarthria (problems with muscles controlling speech)
  • An underlying genetic factor

Conditions or rare genetic diseases associated with delays:

  • Conditions such as Autism, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD)
  • Chromosomal disorders such as Down Syndrome or Fragile X Syndrome
  • Rare genetic diseases such as Angelman syndrome, Dravet syndrome, Dup15q Syndrome, FOXG1 syndrome, Mowat-Wilson Syndrome, Ohtahara Syndrome, Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, SYNGAP1 

Early intervention and treatment are key when addressing any type of delay. 

Tired of not getting answers? AmbitCare is here to help you

One in three people with developmental delays and seizures not controlled by medicine have underlying genetic causes. AmbitCare provides free genetic services and 1:1 support. Take our assessment at the top of the page to find out if your child qualifies.